Debt Reduction

Upromise As a Source of Found Money

April 9, 2013

Part of my next found money update will include a check from Upromise. If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve heard of Upromise, because it’s marketed as a way to earn money for college.  Although the money can really be used for any purpose you like, as you’ll see below. There are several ways to […]

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3 Ways to Deal with an Irregular Income

April 3, 2013
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Lots of personal finance advice assumes you have 12 or 24 or 26 equal paychecks each year. But if you’re a person or family with a fluctuating, irregular income, sometimes that advice won’t work for you. We’re such a family, and if you have income from any of the following sources, chances are you are […]

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Get Out of Debt Like the Debt Heroes

March 25, 2013

Every day people find The Family CEO through search terms like these: How I got out of debt (199 searches so far this year) Get out of debt stories (135 searches) Getting out of debt success stories (82 searches) Debt success stories (77 searches) How I got out of debt blog (74 searches) Debt payoff success […]

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Reader Question: Pay Off Debt or Pay Cash for Home Improvements?

January 14, 2013
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I recently got a question from a reader named Jennifer. Here’s what she wrote: We have a lump sum of money that we are trying to decide what to do with. We have credit card debt and also some home improvements and repairs that we want to do. Is it better to pay pay cash […]

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Giving Income Streams New Jobs

August 22, 2012
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I’m a huge numbers nerd. That’s part of the reason The Family CEO came into being. I love check registers and calculators and spreadsheets. I’ve worked as a bookkeeper, a credit analyst and a business manager. My college major was business and finance was my favorite class. And I just bought this new toy because I hate […]

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Free Family Finance Courses by Email

April 16, 2012

A couple of months ago, I announced that I had partnered with PerkStreet Financial to create a free email course: Taking Control of Your Family’s Finances. Perkstreet is the bank I use to get 1% – 2% cash back on everything by using my PerkStreet debit (not credit) card. I put my perks toward paying […]

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Our Debt Story: An Update

March 27, 2012

Last year I wrote about our debt story. In the first installment I wrote about where our debt came from. In the second, I explained where we were and what our plan was. At that time, we had two non-mortgage debts left: a business credit card balance and a home equity loan. As of this […]

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Cash In, Stuff Out. My Weekend Selling on Craigslist.

March 15, 2012

My husband and I had the weekend to ourselves and our plan was to do a little Kansas City staycation. Instead, we watched college basketball (Go Jayhawks!) and decided to go all crazy and list some stuff on Craigslist. I know, we’re madcaps. Here’s what we unloaded: Wicker table and chair.I bought this little set […]

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Debt Payoff Success Story: Anna Newell Jones

February 29, 2012

When it comes to inspiration for getting out of debt, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone more inspiring than Anna Newell Jones. In January of 2010 she set out to pay off the most troubling of her debts, $6,000 of credit card debt. She went far beyond that and ended up paying off $17,911 […]

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Cash Back Rebates as Debt Snowflakes

February 21, 2012

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve had some debt snowflakes land in my inbox in the form of cash back rebates from my Christmas Shopping. Specifically, I made gift purchases at Fossil and Shutterfly and both offered cash back. (Note: Mr. Rebates (referral link) is my all-time favorite cash back site. I’ve been using […]

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